05 Windows 8 Consumer Preview reveals nine SKUs

Following the release of Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Wednesday which was super quick to see over a million downloads within the first 24 hours, through some deeper investigation via the system registry it's been discovered that there will likely be no less than nine variations of the operating system when it hits shelves later this year.

Following the release of Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Wednesday which was super quick to see over a million downloads within the first 24 hours, through some deeper investigation via the system registry it's been discovered that there will likely be no less than nine variations of the operating system when it hits shelves later this year.

04 Windows 8 Consumer Preview reveals nine SKUs

Hiding (obviously not all that well) within the registry are references to nine Windows 8 SKUs. Looking closer, there appears to be two new Enterprise editions, one of which is purely for evalulation purposes. From there we can see there's the return of a Starter edition, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional (and Professional Plus), then of course Ultimate sitting atop the pack.

Can you guess the ninth? Indeed it's ARM.

In all, confusion much, Microsoft? – It's hard to comprehend there being a truly logical need for this level of product segmentation. One thing's for sure, retailers are going to be sweating it out a bit when explaining to customers which one is the ideal choice for their needs. It's probable from Microsoft's angle that flooding the market with a chopped up range of varying sub-products will reel in more attention (and ultimately, $).

Source: Windows8beta